Water Rights

July 17, 2015--Water rights
 bill by Tipton
 passes House (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A packet of measures that included U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s bill to protect state-issued water rights against federal demands passed the U.S. House on Thursday. The Western Water and American Food Security Act, H.R. 2898, passed the House on a 245-176 vote and now goes to the Senate.


July 10, 2015--It's about to get easier for California farmers to conserve water—and sell it (CityLab)

There’s no “solving” California’s drought, as so many headlines suggest. Drought is a regular feature of the Western climate cycle.


July 6, 2015--Colorado joins suit against federal water regulations (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Thirteen states, including Colorado, are challenging a federal regulation defining “waters of the United States.” The suit, filed in Bismarck, North Dakota, federal court, contends the Environmental Protection Agency’s new far-reaching rule violates the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the U.S.


July 1, 2015--In drying Colorado River Basin, Indian Tribes are water dealmakers (Circle of Blue)

Mired in drought and torched by one of the hottest years ever measured, the seven states of the Colorado River Basin are acutely aware of how a desert can bully water supplies. They are not alone.


California Water Rights Exceed Supply

Among other serious water challenges, UC Davis researchers have found that in the last century, California has handed out rights to five times more surface water than their rivers produce even in a normal year. On some major river systems (i.e., the San Joaquin Valley), people have rights to nearly nine times more water than flows from the Sierra mountains.


June 17, 2015--The Colorado River is not a water buffet. So why the 'first come, first serve' policy? (Guardian)

As water shortages grip California and the seven state Colorado River basin, many users feel no pain, while some face a complete curtailment. That’s because the water management system is not designed to be either efficient or equitable but consistent and predictable.


June 16, 2015--Colorado cuts into use-or-lose system that caused water waste (Denver Post)

Colorado water rights owners are forging a way out of the state's ingrained "Use It Or Lose It" rule that penalizes those who divert less than their full allotment from rivers — opening a path to cut water use as shortages grip the West. For 139 years, state enforcers have said farmers, cities and ranchers who don't use all the water they are entitled to could have


May 28, 2015--Clean Water Rule polarizes Western Colorado (Post Independent)

Dozens of Colorado organizations and leaders are polarized in their opinions just moments after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule that would protect hundreds of West Slope streams from pollution. It’s been dubbed the Clean Water Rule.


May 4, 2015--Colorado Water: State agency into buying water to leave in rivers (Aspen Times)

Just one state agency has a mission that includes paying people to leave water in Colorado’s rivers for environmental reasons — and that can legally protect the flowing water — and that’s the Colorado Water Conservation Board, or CWCB.


April 29, 2015--New Colorado water rights transfer allows farmers to irrigate, then profit by leaving water in the stream (Steamboat Today)

The Colorado Water Trust and a state water agency have unveiled a creative new way for agricultural water rights holders to be compensated for sharing their water to meet conservation goals. The Water Trust is the same not-for-profit conservation organization that facilitated healthy flows in the Steamboat town stretch of the Yampa River during the drought seasons of 2012 and 2013.


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